Karachi ranked among world’s least liveable cities in 2021

Karachi has been ranked the seventh least liveable city in the world. Source: Bloomberg

Karachi has been ranked among a list of the 10 least liveable cities in the world.

New Zealand city of Auckland has been ranked the best city on Global Liveability Index 2021 by Economist Intelligence Unit.

According to the report, the largest city and financial hub of Pakistan was ranked the seventh least liveable city in the world. Damascus, the capital of Syria, remains the world’s least liveable city.

New Zealand and Australian cities dominated the list due to their strong response to the coronavirus disease pandemic and the lifting of restrictions.

The data for the liveability survey was collected from February 22, 2020, to March 21, 2021. According to the report, the overall global average liveability fell by seven points as compared with the pre-pandemic score.

According to the EIU survey, six of the top 10 cities are in New Zealand and Australia, where tighter border controls from the early days of the pandemic allowed residents to live a relatively normal life

The report also noted a decline in liveability in many European cities. For example Vienna fell from first place to 12th spot. The Austrian capital had led the list for several years, usually tied at the top with Melbourne.

Cities in Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific region were least affected. Japanese cities of Osaka and Tokyo grabbed second and fourth place, while two Swiss cities, Zurich and Geneva, were ranked seventh and eighth respectively.

Four Australian cities – Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane – made it to the top 10 list, with Melbourne sharing the eighth position with Geneva.

As per the report, living conditions remained worst in the Syrian capital Damascus. Other cities scraping along the bottom of the rankings are Lagos, Port Moresby, Dhaka, and Karachi.


List of the 10 most liveable cities in the world

  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Osaka (Japan)
  • Adelaide (Australia)
  • Wellington (New Zealand)
  • Tokyo (Japan)
  • Perth (Australia)
  • Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Melbourne (Australia)
  • Brisbane (Australia)


List of the 10 least liveable cities in the world

  • Damascus (Syria)
  • Lagos (Nigeria)
  • Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Algiers (Algeria)
  • Tripoli (Libya)
  • Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Douala (Cameroon)
  • Caracas (Venezuela)
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